Your offer got accepted, and then they drop the news on you. There’s an easement on the property. At first, it may seem like an intrusion, but ultimately, it’s not all that bad. You may hardly notice anything at all.
A property easement is a nonpossessory right to use or enter a piece of property for a specific purpose. It does not give anyone the right to use your property for any other purpose than is explicitly stated.
Easements are typically issued for two reasons.
- The most common cause is to allow utility companies to access and maintain power lines.
- Otherwise, an easement is commonly granted to enable another landowner to travel across your property to access the main road.
In any case, it does not grant any individual access to your property in its entirety. There are some instances where it may allow construction on your property, and you will need to pay careful attention to this.
There are many other possible reasons for an easement to be granted on a piece of property. Different types of easements are issued because of this. For example, an easement granted to a utility company is not the same that will appear when another property owner simply needs access to roadways.
Understanding how one will use your property becomes very apparent once you know the different types of easements.